Members of the Falcons organization, Falcons fans around the world and those who immediately started humming 2 Legit 2 Quit when you first saw those 1990s throwback uniforms ...

The Falcons are at a crossroads. There is no denying that they've been pretty much stagnant since blowing a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI, exiting the playoffs in the Divisional Round in 2017 and posting identical 7-9 records in each of the past two seasons. Yes, Falcons fans, I know you'd love to forget that moment in history -- but you need some tough love. You're like a friend who's been in a bad breakup; we were with you for the first couple of months as you sat around in your sweatpants, eating ice cream for breakfast, but at some point, you need to put the past behind you, instead of longing for what could have been. Take a look at what is in front of you: one of the best quarterback-receiver combos in the NFL, a budding superstar and a local hero who is coming home. It's time to move forward.

How the Falcons got here

Let's take a quick look at the ups and downs of 2019.

The highs:

Finishing with a 6-2 record in their last eight games. This came after Atlanta started the season at 1-7. That rally in the second half of the season is why Dan Quinn's still employed in Atlanta.

Winning a 26-9 shocker over the Saints in New Orleans. The Week 10 game stands out especially because I was stacking Saints players in my fantasy leagues. All right, Michael Thomas had a monster game, but Drew Brees struggled. It was a pretty impressive victory for the Falcons. The kind where it made you feel better about making them one of your playoff picks at the start of the season.